Stop the Insanity Aug2007

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Staying current in healthcare is difficult. Some tips and tricks to do so.

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Stop the Insanity Aug2007

  1. 1. Stop the Insanity: Keeping Current in the (Too Much) Information Age By Jeff Mason, Client Services Librarian RQHR Health Sciences Library, Aug. 16, 2007
  2. 2. Goal <ul><li>Show you how to stay current, quickly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS, and RSS aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to subscribe </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Importance of Being Current <ul><li>Responsibility of any profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly true in healthcare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing the literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Periodically and Systematically </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical appraisal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making time </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Too Much Information <ul><li>Over 15 million articles in PubMed. </li></ul><ul><li>10,000-20,000 added each week. </li></ul><ul><li>Alper et al (2004) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~627.5/month to stay current </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only 720 hours in a 30 day month! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Popular media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Picks up 2-20 health related stories/day </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. RSS <ul><li>Many definitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Means of distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other websites (news services) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How RSS Works <ul><li>Refers to how content is distributed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not the content itself </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need a program to collect the content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Aggregator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Browser-based </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>View partial or complete content via the aggregator </li></ul>
  7. 7. Podcasts <ul><li>RSS with Audio/Video </li></ul><ul><li>Most often downloaded to your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Need Podcast client </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On a portable music player (e.g. iPod) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Variety of content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amateur  Professional </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where to Find RSS Feeds <ul><li>News websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CTV Health News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBC Health News </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journal websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NEJM </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. How to Subscribe to RSS <ul><li>Choose an aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Choose some content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for RSS/XML links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Add to aggregator </li></ul>
  10. 10. Subscribing to Podcasts <ul><li>Choose a Podcast Client </li></ul><ul><li>Many/most subscribe to via iTunes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use links from content provider </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for Podcast icon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NEJM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JAMA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lancet </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. RSS Resources <ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader: http://www.google.com/reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>News Feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CTV: http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/freeheadlines/freeFeed.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/rss/ </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. RSS Resources (2) <ul><li>Journal Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New England Journal of Medicine: http://content.nejm.org/rss/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/online/rss </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. RSS Resources (3) <ul><li>Search Feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do your search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the “Send to” drop down menu </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose “RSS” Feed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose how many items in the feed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cut and paste the “XML” link into your aggregator. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can also create feeds from Ebsco databases/journals. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Podcasting Resources <ul><li>Podcast Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others: http:// www.podcastingnews.com/topics/Podcast_Software.html </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Podcasting Resources (2) <ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JAMA: http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/audiocommentary.dtl </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/online/audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New England Journal of Medicine: http://content.nejm.org/misc/podcast.shtml </li></ul></ul>

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